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Potatoes are a great part of the diverse vegetable farm and they are fun to grow. Of course the Colorado potato beetle is serious pest that has be controlled somehow.  Last year I trialed seventeen varieties and about a dozen passed my criteria. I noticed some potatoes are more resistant to infestation than others. Favorites for Virginia from my experiment would be Nicola, Irish cobbler, Red Gold, Austrian Crescent, Dozac, Colorado Rose, La Ratte , Apple Rose Finn, Ozette and French Fingerling.  We are expanding our potato plantings this year and have included Adirondack Blue

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Adirondack Red

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Banana Fingerling

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and Russet.  Nicola is an interesting potato because it has a low glycemic index. It’s excellent for diabetics.

There is a BT product available listed for the larvae of Colorado potato beetle. I used it last year with some effectiveness although it’s best to spray when the larvae are as small as possible. I had read tansy would repel them but I did not see much positive effect from a planting of potatoes surrounded by tansy. A great companion planting setup I have used with success is to plant beans on either side of a potato row.

How great it will be to harvest GMO-free potatoes farmed without the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizer and herbicides!

Dominic Carpin
delli Carpini Farm
Raising pure, clean food in accordance with organic sustainable principles

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